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Trader Giotto’s (Joe’s) Bambino Pizza Formaggio

Trader Joe's Bambino Pizza Formaggio 2

Literally “baby cheese pizzas” in Italian.

Reviewing TJ’s 5 Cheese Greek Spiral the other day got me in the mood for other cheese and dough related, disc-shaped appetizers of Mediterranean origin that are suitable for a variety of toppings. By which I mean pizza! Luckily, Trader Joe’s was able to deliver with their Bambino Pizzas Formaggio – a box of 4, tiny little 5″ cheese pizzas that come frozen and ready to get cooked up in your oven.

Ranking: 4 stars 4 star rating

What it is: Mini cheese pizzas
Size: Four 4oz. pizzas.
Worth it: Yes. This is acceptably tasty pizza.

Trader Joe’s has had a variety of these pint-sized pizzas for years – however, they’ve recently debuted an eye-catching new box design that ditches the “boring Italian-food look” for an  aqua blue that really pops out at you. Hey, it worked on me – good job box designers, you’ve tricked my ape brain again!

Aside from the box, there’s nothing really all that innovative about little cheese pizzas you cook at home. These are basically what you’d expect – medium crust, cheese and marinara sauce pizzas about the size of CD’s. What really suckered me in (as it so often does) was the cool name Trader Joe’s stuck on these. Or should I say “Trader Giotto”.

As I’ve talked about time, and time again, the little noms de cuisine Trader Joe’s utilizes both delights and frustrates me. On the one hand, as a borderline insufferable psuedo-intellectual, I treasure these slyly literate winks. “Ho ho”, I think, not unlike Dr. Hibbert, “I wonder if anyone else caught that”. On the other hand, their consistent lack of consistency drives me right up the wall. Case-in-point, Trader Joe’s Guacamole vs Trader Jose’s Spicy Edamame and Guacamole dip.

Trader Joe's Bambino Pizza Formaggio

Trader Joe’s Bambino Pizza Formaggio

Apart from the exotic name, these are actually pretty basic fare – your standard no-fuss, frozen cheese pizzas. However, the execution is pretty much beyond reproach. You’re always going to loose a bit of quality when you scale down a pizza to personal size – you end up with more crust for a lesser amount of sauce and topping (not unlike the miniaturized Trader Joe’s Pot Pies) – however TJ’s does a good job making sure there’s still plenty of rich and tangy marinara sauce, and melty mozzarella cheese to satisfy.

Unlike, say, french fries, pizza is one food that manages to hold up well when frozen. Just pop these in your oven for 11 minutes and they come out bubbling and crispy. It may not be the most exotic thing Trader Joe’s has ever brought to market, but they’re easy to cook and perfectly tasty. And just like our aforementioned 5 Cheese Greek Spiral, they’re easy to dress up with a spring of basil, a few slices of pepperoni, some olives, or you know, whatever. Nothing wrong with that!


The Breakdown

Would I Recommend Them: Sure, everyone can agree on mini-pizzas.

Would I Buy Them Again: I don’t see why not.

Final Synopsis: Yum yum, tasty tiny pizzas.

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One Comment on “Trader Giotto’s (Joe’s) Bambino Pizza Formaggio”

  1. […] (ish), healthy option at home. For me this is pizza: Instead of ordering a pizza, I love the Trader Joe’s Bambino Cheese Pizzas, which have 250 calories and are seriously good when made in the toaster oven. Serve with a simple […]


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